Dr. Gary Kiltz
Gary Kiltz is in his third year as superintendent of Greendale Schools. Before Greendale, Dr. Kiltz was in the School District of Menomonee Falls, where he worked as Director of Curriculum and Learning since 2012. He also served as a principal for more than 12 years, locally at both Menomonee Falls High School and South Milwaukee High School, as well as in Arizona. Dr. Kiltz began his career as a social studies teacher before working with at risk students as a lead teacher and director of alternative schools in Menomonee Falls, West Bend, and Mesa, Arizona.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership and Supervision in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies was conferred by Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. He also holds certification in curriculum and instruction from Cardinal Stritch University.
Dr. Kiltz teaches graduate level courses at Concordia University in Mequon, WI and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. As a university instructor, he serves on dissertation committees, providing insight and advice to students doing major research to benefit students and education.
Kiltz lives in the community where his daughter attends middle school and his family takes advantage of offerings through Greendale Park & Recreation.
Greendale Schools Strategic Vision 2020 brochure is available online here. Pick up a paper copy at the Community Learning Center, the Historic Greendale Welcome Center, or the schools' District Office.
Encouraging Thoughtful Dialogue
April 2, 2019
Dear Greendale Schools Families,
In a time when social media and quick access to information lead to impulsive, knee-jerk reactions, our goal as a learning organization is to provide opportunities for thoughtful dialogue that seek to understand perspectives and gain knowledge for both our students and our larger community.
Stories in the media over the past six months characterize Greendale Schools and the community of Greendale as racist and accepting of hate speech. This is far from the truth. The narrative in social media would have you believe that the schools and District allow the use of hate speech, including the use of the “N” word, with no repercussions. Again, this is just not true.
Greendale Schools has and will always be proactive in creating a safe, nurturing environment for all students, including those who come from diverse backgrounds. The schools do this through education and celebration of diversity, caring classroom teachers and administrators, strong counseling and support staff, a broad range of academic and co-curricular opportunities, and student leadership that works to generate solutions to the challenges that exist in the schools. We work everyday to reinforce the lessons of respectful, responsible and safe behavior with our students in every school.
The Village of Greendale certainly reflects the larger region, state, and nation in struggling to overcome the inherent biases rooted in its history. There is no doubt that we need to do better for our students and families, especially as the diversity in our own community continues to grow. Greendale must embrace this increasing diversity and see this as a strength to our vitality and growth.
While race is not an easy topic to discuss, the goal of Greendale Schools is to lead these community conversations. These are not one time conversations, but should occur over an extended period of time, so that mindsets shift from one of fragility to one of courage, openness and belonging. These conversations need to start with community leadership, including Village, business, District, church and community organizations, who will be meeting over three days in April.
Greendale Schools will then host a public discussion on welcoming diversity in our community on Tuesday, May 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Greendale High School Multipurpose Room. This meeting will be open to any and all Greendale residents. The forum will be led by the Zeidler Center, a Milwaukee-based group that partners with organizations, neighborhoods, and businesses to facilitate group processes that bring about lasting change for communities. This is one of many such community forums that will lead us to collaboration, solutions, and improvements across the Village.
This is not quick or easy work, but it is worthwhile. It will lead to better opportunities for our children, our families, and our community. Greendale Schools is committed to this work and we hope you will join us.
We are inspiring minds.
Gary Kiltz, Ph.D